Sukanya was King Saryati's daughter. She was not only beautiful, but also
clever and happy-go-lucky, She was the King's favourite child.
Not far from the capital city was a grove. There Rishi Chyavana
lived. Chyavana was the son of Rishi Bhrugu.
He was ugly even as a child. He, however, learnt the Vedas so well that
everyone respected him.
Chyavana did tapas in that grove. He lived in it for a number of years.
A big ant-hill grew around his body. Only his eves could be seen through two holes,
One day King Saryati and his ministers went to this grove. Sukanya too
went with them.